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Disability Awareness Week

Disability Awareness Week 2016 will be held 27 November to 3 December, and includes the United Nations sanctioned International Day of People with Disability, held each year on 3 December. This year the focus for Disability Awareness Week is the employment of people with disability in the WA public sector.

Events and activities will be held in November and December to raise awareness about the importance of having welcoming and inclusive communities that facilitate citizenship, mutual support and a fair go for everyone. 

This is my story – Disability Awareness Week 2016

People with disability who work in the WA public sector share their stories for Disability Awareness Week 2016.

Dr John Byrne
Disability no barrier to long career
Competitive tennis, long-distance running, yoga and Pilates are tools to good health for Kalamunda father of four and grandfather of ten.

Chris Campbell
Mateship the key to work success
The camaraderie of being part of a team makes work a great place to be for the Commission’s Chris Campbell. 

Andrew Cooper
Respect and opportunities in the workplace
Saying yes to opportunities when they present themselves has seen Andrew Cooper gain a range of knowledge and experience at the Department of Transport.  

Tim Hocking
Diversity supports better workplaces
A diverse workforce, that includes people with disability, makes for a better working environment, according to Business Development Support Officer Tim Hocking.

Nav Jayakumar
Nav fast tracks career experience
Nav Jayakumar has undertaken a number of roles at the Disability Services Commission since he began his public sector career seven years ago as school trainee.

Maria Mansour
Legally Blonde with a difference
When Maria graduated from law school she wanted to 'pay it forward' and make a positive difference in society.

Erin McGlew
Policy research is a girl's best friend
Research and contributing to policy development is the next step in Erin McGlew's career at the Public Sector Commission.

Chloe Tangaroa
Work is part of Chloe’s bigger plan
Chloe Tangaroa had a plan to find a job and get fit – and now she’s doing both. Her job as an Administrative Officer has provided her with new friends and greater financial independence. 

Join us on social media
Our social media channels are a great way to keep in touch with what’s happening during Disability Awareness Week. Find out more on the Commission's Facebook page and Twitter.

Resources for your event
Disability Awareness Week event organisers may wish to use the Disability Awareness Week poster below to promote the event. 

Event resources and an event register are also available from the Australian Government’s International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) website. Sign up to register your event, find out about other IDPwD events to be held around Australia on 3 December and to receive free promotional materials. www.idpwd.com.au/celebrate